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Title: Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator (Technical Update)
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: National Medicolegal Review Panel
United States of America
Date Published: 06/2011
Page Count: 64
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This report reflects the best practices of the forensic community for conducting death investigations.
Abstract: This study identifies, delineates, and assembles a set of investigative tasks that should be performed at every death scene. This research was based on the collective knowledge of three multidisciplinary content area expert groups and serves as the foundation for the investigative guidelines for death scene investigators. It focuses on the death scene, the body, and the interactive skills and knowledge that must be applied to ensure a successful case outcome. The study findings are divided into 6 sections detailing a specific investigative task in each section: section A explores investigative tools and equipment, section B details arriving at the Scene, section C explains documenting and evaluating the scene, section D discusses documenting and evaluating the body, section E provides guidelines for establishing and recording decedent profile information, and section F discusses completing the scene investigation. Each section provides a principle of the skill set presented; authorization for the principle skill set, by agency; the policy for each skill set; and the procedure, in steps, to be taken to properly carry out the skill set presented. Tables and notes
Main Term(s): Death investigations
Index Term(s): Medicolegal considerations ; Crime scene ; Technical assistance reports ; Forensic pathology ; Technical assistance resources ; Police training standards ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 96-MU-CS-0005;2007-MU-BX-K008
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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